• WordNet 3.6
    • adj provincial characteristic of the provinces or their people "deeply provincial and conformist","in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial","narrow provincial attitudes"
    • adj provincial of or associated with a province "provincial government"
    • n provincial a country person
    • n provincial (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order "the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Provincial (R. C. Ch) A monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the religious houses of the same fraternity in a given district, called a province of the order.
    • Provincial A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
    • Provincial Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal. "Provincial airs and graces."
    • Provincial Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod.
    • Provincial Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal. "With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes."
    • Provincial Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • provincial Of or pertaining to a province; existing in a province; characteristic of a province: as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
    • provincial Forming a province or territory appendant to a principal kingdom or state: as, provincial territory.
    • provincial Pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an arch bishop; not ecumenical: as, a provincial council.
    • provincial Exhibiting the manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province, or of the country as distinguished from the metropolis or larger cities; countrified; rustic; hence, not polished; narrow; unenlightened.
    • provincial Restricted to a province; local.
    • n provincial A person belonging to a province; one from any part of the country except the metropolis or one of the larger cities. The name Provincials was often applied to the inhabitants of the American colonies before the revolution, especially to their contingents engaged in military service.
    • n provincial In some religious orders, a monastic superior who has the general superintendence of his fraternity in a given district called a province.
    • provincial Pertaining to Provence; Provençal.
    • provincial A rosette of ribbons formerly worn on a shoe; a shoe-rose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Provincial relating to a province: belonging to a division of a country: local: showing the habits and manners of a province: unpolished: narrow
    • adj Provincial prō-vin′shal pertaining to Provence or Provençal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. provincialis,: cf. F. provincial,. See Province, and cf. Provencal


In literature:

The provincial cure asks for funds to rebuild his church, and takes his check by assault with the brutality of a Peter the Hermit.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
They propose to give to the people provincial administrations, and to make other improvements.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Provincial Organs of the Central Administration.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
In each of these expeditions the provincial troops rendered essential service.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
No bitterness endures like that of the provincial despised because of his provincialism.
"Beginnings of the American People" by Carl Lotus Becker
The army comprised between eleven and twelve thousand men, including a small force of provincial rangers.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
The possessors of these again ranked above the viscounts of cities and the provincial barons.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
The Provincial Civil Governor's duties.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
He had passed the National Provincial Bank in the Strand, the name sounded safe and he determined to go there.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The last provincial visit of Lord Howard's old company is at Ipswich in 1581.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson

In poetry:

Fantastic grow the evening gowns;
Agents of the Fisc pursue
Absconding tax-defaulters through
The sewers of provincial towns.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden
TELL me, O Provincial! speak, Ceruleo-Nasal!
Lives there one De Sauty extant now among you,
Whispering Boanerges, son of silent thunder,
Holding talk with nations?
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Let no provincial High Street
Which might be your or my street
Look as it used to do,
But let the chain stores place here
Their miles of black glass facia
And traffic thunder through.
"Inexpensive Progress" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Facing the most sustained student protest in Canadian history, Quebec's provincial government - 11:53 pm.
A spawning sockeye salmon makes its way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C.
Convicted pedophile Christopher Neil leaves Richmond Provincial court Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012.
Happy Hour Long Provincial copies older sibling Tamarind Tree .
Basketball provincials to go ahead in face of strike.
News and analysis of the results of Manitoba's provincial election.
The meeting with two leaders from registered groups and two from unregistered provincial groups may have been designed to avoid too much criticism and controversy, local Uzbek activists say.
And the premier made it clear that Ford should believe Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli when he said the provincial government will only consider transit plans approved by full city council — not the mayor alone.
The widow of a provincial Argentine governor has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing her husband in a drunken rage last New Year's Day.
T he widow of a provincial Argentine governor has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing her husband in a drunken rage last New Year's Day.
While the provincial budget released this week would limit students to just four more credits than the 30 they need to graduate — instead of as many as they like — Broten said the move is not meant to add pressure to students at risk.
Nina Jones, age 91, of Clayton passed away Friday, Nov 23, 2012, at Provincial House in Adrian.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)— Ontario 's latest provincial budget features a two-year extension of the tax holiday on bikes, introduced last December.
There was also unrest in the provincial capital Jayapura.
For those not reared in the Midwest this may seem like a quaint hate, a petty provincial battle played out in parts of the country where people say "pop" instead of "soda.".

In science:

This work is supported by Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation under Grant No: 03042401 and the Key Program of the Education Department of Anhui Province.
Generation of atomic entangled states using linear optics
This study is supported in part by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11147028, and Hebei Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. A2011201147.
Dynamics of generalized tachyon field
But, who really was Senenmut? Senenmut was of low birth, born to literate provincial class parents, Ramose and Hatnofer.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
Formerly a state company, the provincial administration which now runs the mine has granted for the experiment an easy accesible area at approximately 360 m deep (≈ 1, 000 mwe) where the detector and all accesory equipment will be installed.
Effects of Diurnal Modulation in Direct Cold Dark Matter Searches. the Experiment in Sierra Grande
Supported by the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (19825117), National Science Foundation, Guangdong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (990212), Ministry of Education, and Foundation of Zhongshan University Advanced Research Center. †Corresponding author.
Light Hadron Masses in QCD with Valence Wilson Quarks at beta=6.25 from a Parallel PC Cluster